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Motet Notes

James Primosch: "Salve Regina"

Over the past decade, the Emmanuel Choir has had the privilege of performing six a capella motets by the Philadelphia composer James Primosch. The last two season we are engaged in recording all of them, live, for CD release. Today’s motet is the only one of the six not composed for our choir. The composer writes:

Salve Regina was composed at the request of Rev. John Kamas, SSS, for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the presence of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in the United States.
This short motet was my first entirely new work to be complete after the death of my father in 1999. Since my father prayed the Salve Regina as part of the daily rosary he led at St. Paschal Baylon church, the parish in which I grew up which is staffed by the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, it seemed appropriate to also designation the piece as a memorial to him.

©James Primosch